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Multiple Nationality - Dual Citizenship

Are you currently residing outside Denmark, and are you interested in knowing more about the new rules and regulations on multiple nationality?

In December 2014, the Danish Parliament passed new rules regarding multiple nationality (dual citizenship). The rules appear in Act 1496 from the 23rd December 2014, regarding changes in the law on Danish citizenship. The law entered into force on the 1st of September 2015. The main elements include:

  1. Abolition of the regulation in the citizenship act where the acquisition of the Danish citizenship would dependent on renouncing the citizenship in other states, and Danish citizenship being lost when acquiring the citizenship of another state by application.
  2. A 5-year transitional scheme, which allows for previous Danish citizens, who have lost their Danish citizenship in connection with acquisition of another citizenship, to reacquire their Danish citizenship by handing in a declaration.

The newly established Ministry of Immigration, Integration and Housing, has now taken over the field of responsibility from the Ministry of Justice, while The State Administration will be responsible for the daily case processing regarding reacquisition by declaration. You can read more about the law here.

How can you apply to reacquire your Danish citizenship?

You can apply to reacquire your Danish citizenship by sending in a declaration directly to The State Administration - also from outside Denmark. You can also, by paying an extra fee, hand in your declaration via a Danish Embassy or one of the many Danish Consulates around the world. You can find a list of the Danish missions here. On the website of the state administration you can find further information and guidance regarding the rules.

How do I obtain a Danish passport?

You will be able to apply for a Danish passport, once The State Administration has processed your application and decided that you have reacquired your Danish citizenship. For persons over the age of 12, the passport must contain biometric data (fingerprints and picture via the chip). You can find the latest list of places with a biometric station where you can apply for your Danish passport here. Remember that you, as a general rule, should make an appointment with the Danish mission in order to hand in your passport application.